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President Barak Obama Takes Over The Daily Show the week of October 29th

President Obama spends the entire episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. You don’t need my comments on it, so all I will say is if you are eligible to vote in this year’s election just go out and vote.
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Austan Goolsbee, the Obama chief economic adviser tries to explain what’s going on with the economy.
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From 1989-2010 John McCain has been deriding the broken Washington system. I could do without the bit of ageism from Stewart, but other than that, it is another example of the great video archive search work they do on the show.
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NPR may be a lot of things for firing Juan Williams, but I doubt they’re an agent of a jihadi inquisition! Fox News doesn’t just fight back, they always bring the big guns with them. I think some of these “scandals” are just ways to fill time in the 24 hour news cycle. If you read the press from NPR as to why they fired Mr. Williams, it has just as much to do with Mr. Williams’ constantly appearing on Fox News in a manner that NPR did not like.
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Senator Ted Kaufman explains why the system may be broken… it was created that way by our founder Thomas Jefferson.
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On the eve of the rally to restore sanity, all the negative campaign ads are on display for all to glory at… it’s too bad the end of the clip is sort of ruined with the unfunny skit after the ads segment.
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I had no idea that being gay and being short were similar, who knew?
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Here is a nice summary of the last 5 years of The Colbert Report:
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Nicholas Negroponte promotes his One Laptop Per Child program to support education around the world, with each computer costing only about $180.
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An interesting look at corporate money in politics… who needs MORE information anyway?
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Historian Garry Wills promoting his new book Outside Looking In.
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Here are some more campaign ads for 2010, this time Democrats running away from the Democratic party, unlike Tom Perriello of Virginia who Colbert talks to and is actually running on Democratic achievements.
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Enjoy

Dany

October 30, 2010 12:03 am Posted by | books, clips, DC, economy, gay, guns, Islam, politics, Religion, technology, tv, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia | Leave a comment

This Week in The Daily Show for May 15th, 2010

I used to think that the term “a perfect storm” was only used for rare, unexpected, horrific occasions, not for what seems like almost commonplace bad days.
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I’m glad that President Obama named his new Supreme Court nominee, I don’t know much about Elena Kagan, but at least I haven’t heard anything yet that I don’t like about her. What’s interesting is looking at her Wikipedia page from just before her nomination (here) and then compare it to the current version (here) to see how it has changed upon being placed on the national scene. The media on the other hand is just hankering for a controversy, even if they have to create it themselves, so why not compare everything to recent fuck ups from the past? Well, there seems to be a President Bush fuck up for that… for every President Obama problem there seems to be an analogous but worse comparison to the Bush administration.
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I never thought I would hear the term “Nazi tourettes” or see a comparison to Nazism that Glenn Beck didn’t wholeheartedly embrace, but with this and his recent opinion supporting Mirandizing the NYC Time Square car bomber, Mr. Beck has really been surprising me lately, thanks for the clips Louis Black!
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It is nice to know that BP, Transocean, Halliburton and the US gov’t all decided to not take the blame for the Gulf oil spill.
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We, the American people,  are going to have to accept that everything has trade offs, if we decide want to mine for coal (which the US rules the world in supply of), there will be the occasional mining disaster (like we had earlier this year in West Virginia) or if we want to drill our own oil, that has risks and if we don’t feel that’s worth it, we can always pay more to other countries for their oil and accept things like the Exxon Valdez disaster possibility, or even pay more money for expensive nacent cleaner fuel technologies like wind/solar power or even go for nuclear power and just accept that we need to dump the spent fuel somewhere. None of our options are both cheap and easy, there’s a potential downside to all our power options.

Enjoy

Dany

May 15, 2010 7:39 pm Posted by | clips, DC, economy, Law, Louisiana, Middle East, New Orleans, New York, NYC, politics, technology, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia | Leave a comment